So the government of Saint Eustatius minted a one cent coin, without asking my consent or paying me for my services, from my photograph of a slave-raiding ant.

That is all.

22 thoughts on “Symbolism”

  1. Welcome to the club 🙁
    Good thing about this one tho is that it won’t serve to be source for other infringements/derivatives due to its being a raised image on metal without much detail.

  2. Is this coin actually official? The Ebay page here refers to it as “fantasy coinage” – which means it’s not created by any actual authority, right? If true, it’s still infringement, just not infringement by the government of Sint* Eustatius.

  3. Benjamin is probably right. They use US currency. Their population of 4000 wouldn’t be able to mint anything, though there might be a slim chance it’s a commemorative coin.

    1. Nah, we aren’t supposed to use that word ‘slavery’ here anymore. It’s ‘piracy’ they are commemorating, which given the island’s history, may be more appropriate.

  4. St. Eustatius is an Island connected with The Netherlands, Europe, but independent (Like Australia is independent but part of the English Commonwealth.). Their money is, like The Netherlands and Belgium, the Euro and the smallest coin is the cent. You can see on the photograph “een cent”, Dutch for “one cent”. Each country in the Euro-zone makes its own coins. The other side of the coin depicts the Queen of The Netherlands. The coin is made by the government of Dt. Eustatius. More about the Island :

  5. How do you find these infringements on your copyrighted materials, especially this one, Alex? I’ve find some on mine from time to time by accident. A Russian herpetological group used a snake photo of mine once (Lampropeltis extenuata). I had know idea how to approach it, so I just let it be.

  6. I think acquiring a couple of those and mounting them next to print – one tails up/one ant up – would make a neat display print. Not everyone gets their artwork put into coins (even if it wasn’t of your own volition).

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